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Course code: SCI
CAO/PAC code: MH201
Points: 400
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2023
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Biology is the study of life - everything from the tiniest microbe to entire ecosystems that spread across the planet. It encompasses all aspects of living things including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution.

  • Our Biology Department is unique in the university system in Ireland as there are no sub-departments like Botany, Biochemistry, Genetics or Zoology. It means that most aspects of biology are taught alongside each other throughout the degree programmes. Over the years, undergraduate students are exposed to a wide range of biological disciplines.
  • We have international reputations in Biological Control, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Medical Mycology, Molecular Genetics and Plant Biotechnology.
  • There are many ďumbrellaĒ fields of biology including:
    • Biochemistry: the study of the constituents that make up living things
    • Botany: the study of plants
    • Cellular biology: the study of the cellular units of living things
    • Ecology: the study of how organisms interact with/in their environment
    • Evolutionary biology: the study of the origins and changes in the diversity of life over time
    • Genetics: the study of genetic inheritance
    • Molecular biology: the study of biological molecules
    • Physiology: the study of the functions of organisms and their parts
    • Zoology: the study of animals, including animal behaviour

Many of these fields overlap, for example, to study animals (zoology) itís also important to know about evolution, physiology and ecology. To study cellular biology, itís important to know about biochemistry and molecular biology as well.

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